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As IAEA interviews Iraqi UN inspections focus on missile sites

As the IAEA conducted its interview, missile teams from the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) carried out inspections at five separate sites: Al Fida Company, which is involved in the maintenance of the Al Samoud 2 missile launcher; Ibn Al Haythm, which is involved in the manufacture and assembly of the Al Samoud 2 missile; Al Samoud Factory, which fabricates Al Samoud 2 missile components; Al Mamoun, which manufactures solid propellant rocket motors and a location of field deployment of Al Samoud 2 missiles.”The teams continued to verify the number and location of Al Samoud 2-related items and to tag relevant items,” spokesman Hiro Ueki said.Meanwhile, an UNMOVIC chemical team returned to Al Mutanna and continued the process of destroying the artillery shells filled with mustard gas. A second chemical team inspected two sites – Al Rasheed and Al Mamoun, both located in Baghdad – belonging to the State Establishment for Vegetable Oils.An UNMOVIC biological team inspected the College of Agriculture, the College of Sciences, and the College of Engineering, all located on the campus of Tikrit University in Tikrit, 160 kilometres northwest of Baghdad. Subsequently, the team inspected the College of Women Education at Tikrit University and a dairy factory, both located in south Tikrit, Mr. Ueki reported.In the capital, an UNMOVIC multidisciplinary team inspected the Ibn Al Waleed State Company, a factory specialized in the repair and maintenance of military vehicles.As for the IAEA, one team inspected the Al-Feda’a hydraulics factory and the manufacturing, storage and repair facility for the State Company of Mechanical and Electrical Contracts, located south of Baghdad. A second IAEA team inspected Al Zawraa, an electronics company, while a third performed a car-borne radiation survey in an area 25 to 60 kilometres east of Baghdad.In other news, the UN Office of the Iraq Programme, which oversees the humanitarian oil-for-food operation, reported that Iraqi oil exports for the week ending 14 February totalled 11.4 million barrels for an estimated value of $315 million. read more

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More than half of girls have been exposed to unwanted violent or

It follows warnings that children as young as five are increasingly “perpetrating sexual abuse” because of what they are seeing on social media Juliet, 18, a Girlguiding Advocate, said: “There are many amazing things about social media – it allows us to stay connected to friends and to learn about the world around us. But there are clearly huge problems with young people like me being exposed to things on the internet we simply don’t wish to see.“We’ve seen some really welcome changes over the past few months with the Government committing to tackling these issues. But when children as young as 13 can legally sign up for an account, we need all social media sites to ensure young people feel safe to both enjoy social media and to report content that is inappropriate. At the very least, we believe there should be minimum safety standards set out by the Government which all social media platforms should meet.“At Girlguiding, we believe girls should have a voice to express their concerns about the world they live in, something that is more important than ever given the huge number of women and girls who have come forward about abuse, both online and off, since #MeToo. Until social media and other websites listen to these concerns, and act, they are letting girls and young women like me down.” More than half of girls have been exposed to unwanted violent or graphic images, Girl Guides say.Those as young as seven said they were worried about seeing “rude” pictures online, with older girls describing pressure to send naked pictures.Submissions to an inquiry on the impact of social media on young people’s health warn that girls are being coerced into sex acts because boys are copying what they see in pornography.The evidence from Girlguiding comes from a survey of more than 1,600 girls and young women aged seven to 21.It found:* 54 per cent of girls aged 11 to 21 reported encountering unwanted violent or graphic images that left them upset or disturbed* 26 per cent of girls aged 13 to 21 said they had stumbled upon pornography by accident* 50 per cent of those aged 7 to 10 expressed worries about seeing rude pictures online* 16 per cent of girls aged 18 to 21 had felt pressure to send nude picturesEvidence to the inquiry by the Commons science and technology committee also warns that more than half of girls aged 17 to 21 thought girls were being coerced into sex acts by boys copying what they had seen in online pornography. It follows warnings that children as young as five are increasingly “perpetrating sexual abuse” because of what they are seeing on social media The charity Barnardo’s said children were increasingly becoming perpetrators as well as victims The charity Barnardo’s said children were increasingly becoming perpetrators as well as victims It comes after The Telegraph launched a duty of care campaign calling for more stringent regulation of sites like Facebook and Instagram, in order to protect children from harm.It follows warnings that children as young as five are increasingly “perpetrating sexual abuse” because of what they are seeing on social media.Increasing numbers of primary school pupils are exhibiting “harmful sexual behaviour” as a result of the web – with others groomed in their bedrooms in live broadcasts, experts told MPs.The charity Barnardo’s said children were increasingly becoming perpetrators as well as victims, touching others’ private parts, or forcing them to watch pornography.Their evidence to MPs highlights growing evidence of an explosion of “live grooming” – with parents oblivious that children were sharing explicit content from their bedrooms.Experts said middle-class parents had no idea that their children were being coerced into stripping for strangers, in scenes which were live-streamed globally, and harvested by paedophilic websites.Britain’s top police chief on child safety last week warned that live streaming has become a “magnet for paedophiles”, with the NSPCC revealing that twice as many children are doing it as was previously thought.Last year, it was estimated that 10 per cent of seven to 16 -year-olds live streamed, but this has leapt to 24 per cent as social media platforms have raced to add video to their sites and apps, according to a study into children’s online lives by the NSPCC and London Grid for Learning. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Irish students help to train Mozambiques first ever optometrists

first_imgRead: ‘That dive guide is now homeless. So is the waitress who made your mango shakes and chatted about her kids’> MOZAMBIQUE’S FIRST EVER optometrists have graduated with the help of Irish students from Dublin Institute of Technology.The Mozambique Eyecare Project, the Dublin-based Irish-Aid funded initiative has announced the graduation of the first nine Mozambican eye healthcare optometrists from its degree programme in the University of Lúrio, Mozambique.Training Mozambique, despite having a population of 23 million, up to recently had no optometrists, something the project, which is based out of the Department of Optometry in Dublin Institute of Technology hoped to change.The project aims to have 170 fully qualified Mozambican optometrists trained to deliver eye care and glasses to millions of visually impaired people in Mozambique by 2020.One of the students that travelled to Mozambique, Emma Hyland, said she saw many different types of people with visual impairment. “Something so simple like reading glasses can make a huge difference to a person’s quality of life and in Mozambique we saw entire families and communities of people who were poverty stricken as a result of poor eye healthcare,” she said.EyesightShe said that many of the people that they treated had given up a lot of what they had been used to doing like reading, crafts or sewing due to their poor sight. “And these people were in their late 30s,” she added.Hyland said that people in Ireland tend to take their good eyesight for granted “because services are so readily available to us in Ireland,” she said.Professor James Loughman, Director of the Mozambique Eyecare Project said the students sharing their skills and expertise which resulted in the successful graduation of the students in Mozambique is testament to the hard work by all involved.The project, which is €1.5 million Irish Aid funded, established he first degree course in optometry in the University of Lúrio in Mozambique.StudentsAs part of the Project, nine optometry faculty members and 11 final year optometry students from Ireland assisted in the training of the first optometrists in Mozambique.Professor Loughman said that more than ten per cent of the world’s population are without access to this simple means to restore their vision.He said that over 80 per cent of visual impairment in the world can be corrected with the prescription of corrective lenses to treat refractive errors, such as long sightedness, shortsightedness and age related reading problems, but that countries, like that of Mozambique need qualified optometrists to provide the care.“Mozambique has a population of 23 million but has 17 eye surgeons and no optometrists until now. Ireland, he said however, has 750 optometrists and 150 ophthalmologists for a population of four million,” he said, adding he hopes the project can address the problem of avoidable blindness and poverty in Mozambique and other developing countries.Read: Irish officials flying out to Philippines to assess aid strategy>last_img read more

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